Most of us look at criminal activity and charges as things that will never affect us. It’s likely that you work hard or earn your money via legitimate and legal means. As a result, you probably think of yourself as an upstanding citizen who will never be on the wrong side of the law.
All of this may be completely true, but you could still find yourself facing criminal charges if you do the following things:
Gamble at home
Some states make certain forms of gambling illegal outside of licensed venues. Friendly poker games with friends and football pools can soon turn into criminal activity if an exchange of money takes place. It is vital that you understand the specific laws on gambling in your state to keep yourself legally protected.
Borrow someone’s Wi-Fi without consent
Many of us face the trouble of losing our Wi-Fi connection from time to time. This can be infuriating as much of our work and home lives revolve around having an internet connection. It may be tempting to connect to the neighbor’s internet when you’re in a pinch and they have failed to password protect it. However, this could easily be a violation of the law.
It might be tempting to lend leftover painkillers to a friend who is suffering. However, doing so could land you in trouble with the law. Sharing prescription drugs is an illegal activity, even if there is no exchange of money. You can be charged with drug dealing (or worse, if someone dies as a result of the drugs you gave them).
There are many ways that the law can be broken unintentionally — but there are also many potential defenses. If you’ve been charged with a crime, find out more about your defense options.